Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE gets Jelly Bean update

April 11, 2013
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    Samsung is busy, busy, busy lately and not just with Mega launches (pun intended). The Galaxy makers are also working hard on providing timely Jelly Bean updates for as many “stars” as possible.

    The latest Sammy phone to get a taste of JB butter is Sprint’s Galaxy Victory 4G LTE, available with the carrier ever since September 2012. Aside from the winning name (ba dum tss!), the 4-incher has never been able to stand out from the crowd very much.

    Until now that is, because the mid-range phone is starting to look like a bargain. Sprint is selling it for $49.99 with two-year contracts after rebate, which is not a lot to ask for a freshly jelly beaned device with a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, LTE and 2,100 mAh battery.

    The Victory can be had free of contract restrictions on prepaid plans too, via Virgin Mobile, for just $249.99. Virgin has offered the 4-incher with on-board Android 4.1 ever since February.

    But back to Sprint’s version, which is apparently being updated to Android 4.1.2 OTA (over-the-air). Naturally, we advise you to be cautious and patient, meaning you’ll want to back up your data before trying to upgrade and refrain from torture-testing your phone if the new software pack is not yet up for grabs.

    You can also try to force a manual update by heading over to Settings – About Phone – System Update, but, again, if nothing happens, keep calm. Google Now integration and Project Butter performance enhancements lead the way in terms of specific tweaks, but here are a few other new features, apps and alterations to your software:

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    • Swype
    • Notifications now display full text of incoming SMS messages, and when you receive an MMS you can view full photo in the notification
    • Pinch notifications to expand or collapse them
    • Notifications from the same application are grouped together, and the first item is automatically expanded
    • Conversational text-to-speech voice in U.S. English
    • Voice typing without an Internet connection
    • Manage/create Google+ Events from device
    • Zagat ratings and reviews built into Google Maps
    • Indoor walking directions integrated into Google Maps

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    Enjoy and let us know if everything goes smoothly when trying to update! Also, are you happy that Sprint and Samsung are bumping up Galaxy Victory’s software or pissed of how long you’ve had to make do with ICS?

    Comments

    • tobiasmann

      I just got one of these on Virgin Mobile yesterday. I have to say that it meets my expectations, but I can’t complain with one third the bill of a Verizon or Att customer. Boost has better phones but plans start higher. Jelly Bean came standard just like you said, and it runs great, at the moment its the only Jelly Bean phone on Virgin. It also happens to match the S2 at least as far as I can tell, but I have no idea how the processors stand up against each other.

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